Missoula considers ban on e-cigarettes, vaping
MISSOULA, Mont. —
Missoula may soon ban e-cigarettes and vaping both inside and outdoors. The ordinance mirrors existing state smoking laws.
Backers say it will promote public health, but opponents say it will hurt business.
The ordinance would ban vaping indoors and regulate it within 25 feet of a business.
The proposal would apply to playgrounds, sports fields and recreational areas.
Health officials say they have been updating this ordinance since 1999 and wanted to update the Missoula smoking ordinance to mirror the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act.
Residents and business owners have mixed feelings about it.
“It’s just vapor, in my opinion, it’s just nicotine vapor. They have not done enough studies that I have read that it is bad for people to do it,” said Sarah Hartwig.
“Smoke-free space and vapor-free spaces are important, in my opinion. There are literally thousands of spaces you can do it other than the public park and in somebody's business,” said Sarah Exum.
The ordinance packs a fine of $100, it's also a misdemeanor.
The Missoula City Council is expected to set a public hearing in two weeks. We'll let you know what happens.